Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saraki says Corruption is not just about giving or diverting money

Senate President Bukola Saraki has boasted that the appeal filed by the Federal Government challenging his acquittal by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will go the way of his original trial for false declaration of assets.

Saraki, in his first reaction to the filing of the appeal by the Federal Government, said he was “confident that the verdict at the appellate court would not be different from that of the tribunal as the facts of the case remain the same and the grounds on which the decision of the CCT was based remain unassailable.”

He spoke in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Yusuph Olaniyonu.

“Anybody who has been following the proceedings and the evidence given by the prosecution witnesses during the examination in chief and cross-examination on would know that if presented before any court of justice and law, the same outcome as in the CCT would be arrived at.

“Those who are running commentary on the ruling by the tribunal and criticizing it are those who are not even familiar with the case and the details coming out of the trial.

“That is why Dr. Saraki continues to wonder how desperate some people in government and their collaborators outside have become to pull him down at all cost and by all means up to the point that they do not care if they destroy the institution of the judiciary in the process.

“That is why they sponsored stories of allegation of bribery in an online publication against the tribunal judges.

“The Senate President seizes this opportunity to call on security agencies to immediately commence an investigation on this bribery allegation,” Olaniyonu said.

Saraki wants those who made the allegation to be invited to substantiate their claims.

He cited the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Professor  Itse Sagay, as one of such people.

Continuing, Olaniyonu said: “Corruption is not just about giving or diverting money. When an official interferes with the judicial process with a view to achieving personal objectives, that is corruption.

“We hear the same desperate people say there was so much evidence they are surprised at the verdict of the tribunal. But they forget to mention that this was a case that the prosecution counsel amended charges thrice.

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